Which Steak To Lose Weight?

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Posted: 06/01/2023
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New year, new diet? Here’s your steak fat guide to the leanest and fattiest cuts of steak, so you
know exactly how indulgent your Hunter & Barrel menu choices are.

If January’s undertone of ‘new year, new you’ has got you rethinking your diet regime,
there’s no need to rule out a visit to Hunter & Barrel. There are plenty of ways to trim down your plate while eating out in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and for steak lovers, a plethora of cuts that can drive down the indulgence.

Good Fat Vs Bad Fat

It’s also important to note that there are two different types of fat when it comes to beef –
and they’re not created equal.
While some cuts of beef are naturally fattier due to intramuscular fat (marbling), which often equates to increased tenderness and flavour, research has proven that marbling is actually a good fat with positive health benefits, with no negative effects on metabolism.
The ‘bad fat’ is instead the kind that comes as a thick external layer, and can therefore be
trimmed off.

Meat And Metabolism

There’s a reason why many athletes and bodybuilders love red meat. It offers long-term
energy, keeps hunger at bay for several hours, and its high protein content builds muscles
and assists with their repair.

Protein is also tough for the body to break down, requiring it to burn more calories in doing so. Eating more protein can boost your metabolism because it has a higher ‘thermic effect’ –
meaning your body is going to have to work harder to digest, process, and store it,
Therefore, contrary to popular belief, incorporating the right cuts of steak into your diet can
actually aid with weight loss.

Here’s a handy steak fat guide of the leanest and fattiest steak cuts, so you know exactly where you’re at on your next visit to Hunter & Barrel Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


Nutritional information is based on a 6oz / 170g serving.

  1. Sirloin Tip Side Steak
    Taken from the sirloin tip or the top of the round. Very lean, but still holds flavour.
    Calories: 206 / Fat: 5.4g / Saturated Fat: 2.06g / Protein: 39g
  2. Top Round Steak
    Cut from the hip (part of the round) and considered flavourful and more tender than other cuts from the round.
    Calories: 240 / Fat: 7.6g / Saturated Fat: 3g / Protein: 36.9g
  3. Eye of Round Steak
    Similar to the cuts taken from the tenderloin, but tougher and less juicy.
    Calories: 276 / Fat: 7g / Saturated Fat: 2.4g / Protein: 49.8g
  4. Bottom Round Steak
    Taken from the outer part of the round, a well-exercised area of the animal. The meat tends to be tough and typically needs marinating.
    Calories: 300 / Fat: 11g / Saturated Fat: 3.8 / Protein: 47.2g\
  5. Top Sirloin
    Has good flavour but can be tough, so typically needs marinating.
    Calories: 316 / Fat: 10.6g / Saturated Fat: 4g / Protein: 51.6g


Nutritional information is based on a 6oz / 170g serving.

  1. Porterhouse Steak
    Premium and flavourful. Cut from the choice tenderloin.
    Calories: 346 / Fat: 16.4g / Saturated Fat: 6.6g / Protein: 46.2g
  2. Skirt / Flank Steak
    Taken from the plate or chest of the cow, it’s known for its flavour over tenderness.
    Calories: 348 / Fat: 17.2g / Saturated Fat: 6.6g / Protein: 45.4g
  3. New York Strip Steak
    Very tough cut of meat taken from the T-bone area.
    Calories: 360 / Fat: 18g / Saturated Fat: 6g / Protein: 46g
  4. T-Bone Steak
    A cut from below the porterhouse. Its high fat content means that it stays tender while cooking.
    Calories: 376 / Fat: 25.6g / Saturated Fat: 10.6g / Protein: 33g
  5. Rib Eye Steak (Rib Roast, Prime Rib)
    Considered the crème de la crème of steaks. A very marbled cut, it’s flavourful and stays tender while cooking.
    Calories: 466 / Fat: 37.6g / Saturated Fat: 15g / Protein: 30g

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